Gratitude

During this pandemic we are asked to do things to keep ourselves and others safe, wear a mask, social distance and avoid crowds. We are social creatures and many of us are having difficulty embracing our alone time. 

Its time to dig deep within yourself and find gratitude in the small things.  We create our own reality no matter what is going on externally.  Focus on what you have, not what you do not have.  For those who have children at home, I am sure you have a new appreciation for teachers and the jobs they do.  

Be deliberate and practice gratitude.  It will change who you are and make you more appreciative for people, places and things in your life.  Start a gratitude journey.  Before going to bed, reflect on the day to show gratitude and appreciation for the days events and the people you encountered. 

Always remember, it could be worse, no matter what your issue is.  Someone is experiencing something far worse than you could ever imagine. 

Take some time and take an inventory of what you are grateful for.  This exercise opens up space for you to receive additional abundance in your life.

Focus!

It’s Time for Yoga!

We have tried everything to relax and unplug, with minimal results so let try yoga!

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Yoga involves exercise, breath and diet control, relaxation, and meditation. Yoga is known as a practice to unite the mind and body with the environment by using focus, chants, affirmations and or breath to foster harmony and calmness within the body.

The health benefits of yoga include physical, mental, and spiritual changes. These benefits include the balance of emotions, inner peace, reduction of stress and strain. Yoga also increases body awareness, flexibility and strength and claims to increase concentration, focus and the regulation of pain.

There are several types of yoga, and some are listed below. Feel free to visit the resources below for more information about additional types of yoga and the benefits.

Kundalini Yoga utilizes singing and chanting in the physical, and spiritual practice.

Vinyasa yoga is an active practice that utilizes more movement and less stillness from their yoga practice.

Hatha Yoga includes a mix of asana (poses), pranayama (breathing exercises), and meditation. Lyengar, ashtanga, or Bikram — are technically considered to be hatha yoga as well.

Ashtanga yoga utilizes six series of specific poses taught in order, and is great for anyone who likes routine or a more physical yet spiritual practice.

Bikram yoga consist of a set series of poses performed in the same order, and the practice has strict rules. Each class is 90 minutes, with 26 postures and two breathing exercises, and the room must be 105° Fahrenheit with 40 percent humidity.

Yin yoga is a slower style of yoga in which poses are held for a minute and eventually up to five minutes or more. This type of yoga has roots in martial arts as well as yoga, and it’s designed to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility.

Namaste…

References

Lucy, L. (2020). Yoga and Today’s Nurse, AHNA Beginnings, 40 (3). p.10-12.

Yoga Journal. (2020). Retrieved from https://www.yogajournal.com

Yoga Medicine. (2018). Types of Yoga: A guide to the different styles. Retrieved from https://yogamedicine.com/guide-types-yoga-styles/

Have a Wonderful Holiday Season!

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The holiday season is officially here. Please ensure you and yours are healthy and well in 2021. It is up to you! Make good choices, be considerate, have gratitude, and give thanks for your tribulations and blessing. Without the tribulations, you would not see the blessings that show up in your life. It is easy to become cynical about life when things are not going your way. Stay safe, social distance, wear a mask and wash your hands.

Enjoy the holidays!

Health and Wellness Stories: Episode 1: Self Care is Mission Critical

Strategies to change your health through diet. These steps will assist you to change your diet. 1. have a coach, 2. start with small steps, 3. prepare your meals, 4. meditate, 5. spend time in nature, 6. be open to alternative options, 7. trust yourself, and 8. use visual cues as a reminder of your goal. Good Luck!

Stay well!

Workplace Working

Bullying is described as a deliberate act that is repetitive and offensive, in which the target suffers embarrassment, fear, intimidation, and is repeated to the extent it interferes with job performance.

Workplace bullying can put a mental and physical strain on both the individual and the those who witness the behavior.   The collateral damage of workplace bullying can result in emotional exhaustion, burnout, depression, frustration, as well as physical symptoms, such as headaches, sleep disturbances, and gastrointestinal upsets.  Organizationally, it causes sustainability problems. Men & women handle bullying differently in the work place, but may experience the same physical & emotional issues.

Workplace bullying is a worldwide problem.  In the United States there are no laws to protect employees from this behavior.  It has been found that bullying does not stop until the target quits or transfers to another area.  The targets are not sure why they are being bullied and are usually very high performers in the organization. Bully’s feels intimated by the target and s

Bullying is a big problem in healthcare and is the kept silent, especially in nursing.  It is so prevalent that nurses will not talk about at work because of fear & retailation.

I can only imagine what is going on now with the stress of COVID-19 and a depressed work market.

Please take care of yourself.  Stand up to the bully.  Reach out to someone outside of the organization for support.

Covid-19 Update, part iii

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This is the second week of November 2020 and the United States has reached 10.3 million cases of individuals infected with covid-19, and 244K deaths. According to the news media, Texas has become the new epic center due to cases that are soaring in the city of El Paseo. As of this date, Texas has 1 million cases and hospitalizations and 19.3K deaths.

It is reported that some healthcare facilities around the country are asking nurses that test positive for COVID-19 and have no symptoms, to return to work and take care of COVID-19 patients. Personally, I do not believe that is a safe practice. This would put other staff and their families at risk. Contrary to what others may believe, nurses are not expendable. Health care providers are tired and frustrated, but continue to provide care to the inconsiderate public.

To curve this public health issue, it is imperative that the public does their part to reduce the spread of this virus. Hospital staff would appreciate your diligence as well as your neighbors and friends. Many individuals still believe this virus is a hoax, refuse to wear a mask, and social distance. I told a friend that we wear seat belts, get car insurance, and show up to work on time, so what is the problem, especially during a pandemic?

As we move into the winter months, the virus is projected to infect more individuals. Hospitalizations and deaths have increased since October. Thanksgiving is in a few weeks and it is suggested that we not get together or have our gatherings outside to ensure that we can social distance. You do not want to be the person who shares this virus with your family and friends because of your carelessness and stubbornness to follow the recommendations.

Do your part. We can eradicate this virus together and reduce transmission. Please take of yourself, social distance, wear a mask, and wash your hands!

Happy Veterans Day

Today is Wednesday, November 11, 2020, Veterans Day in the United States. As I reflect on this day I am left to wonder what this country would have been like without all the wars and sacrifices made by the Veterans in this country.
I have both friends and numerous cousins and a father who are and were Veterans. I was also honored to provide care to Veterans as a registered nurse, for many years for the Department of Veterans Affairs. During my nursing career, I have personally witness the health struggles of so many Veterans that are seen and unseen.

I want to thank them for their service, and although that statement has become a cliche’, civilians offer the phrase because they do not know what else to say. There are so many sacrifices that Veterans have made, and some of us have no idea what they have loss, or endured especially during war. Some have physical and mental challenges that remain unseen.

Although you may not agree with many of the conflicts this country has engaged in, please know that Veterans are the reason you are able to enjoy some of the freedoms you take for granted. So with that said, its Veterans Day, take time and do something for the Veterans in your life.

Please stay healthy and well, wear a mask, and social distance. We want to see you in 2021. Just keeping you informed!

Juicing

There is a connection between disease and sickness and the foods you consume. It is in your best interest to stay healthy and well, for obvious reasons.

Many people utilize juicing for many different reasons. It has been used as a method to heal, detoxify the body and weight loss. Juicing is also a great practice to quickly access the nutrients of fruits and vegetables.  Juicing involves grinding, squeezing, or pressing fresh fruit and/or vegetables to obtain the juice. Buy and use fresh organic raw fruits and vegetables to ensure you have not loss valuable vitamins and enzymes.

There are several types of equipment one can use to enhance your juicing experience. The type of equipment you buy depends on the cost and ease of use. There are many types of juicers that available, that include a centrifugal juicer, manual juicer, or super blenders. You have many choices.

Everyone can benefit from juicing, its easy and a quick way to boast your health and well being. Try it to enhance your health. Below are great references to assist you in your juicing journey.

References

Juicing: Is It Good for You? Pros and Cons, Nutrition, and More. (2020). Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/diet/juicing-health-benefits#1

Woloshyn, T. (2007). The complete master cleanse. Berkeley, CA. Ulysses Press

The Complete Master Cleanse: A Step-By-Step Guide To Maximizing The Benefits Of The Lemonade Diet Ebook

Clean & Green. (2015). New York, NY, Parragon Books LTD.

Clean & Green by Parragon Books

The information shared is not intended to replace your medication or advice from your physician or medical profession.

Self Care

Can we exhale?  We got through election day, and now we are waiting.  If you are like me you have been watching the returns with some trepidation and anxiety.    The question is now what? Some individuals have been especially nasty to others for their choice in this election, even though voting is a right afforded to all American citizens.

Sixty eight million of our neighbors, coworkers and family members voted for the current president and what he represents. These same individuals will claim they are appalled at what is going on in the country, but, now they will be viewed with some suspicion of their sincerity.

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What I realize, many people are consumers of information and blindly listen, and repeat false information. They do not have the will or the ability to engage in critical thinking. They are our family, friends and coworkers, and we have known who they are for sometime, but continue to expect something different from them. They create their own facts or unwarranted fear, or simply are quiet about the treatment of others.

As a result, you have been disappointed, mortified, and upset. You choose to ignore them, or distance from them, but you must realize they are doing the best they can.

Give up the expectation and take care of yourself. You need to relax, reduce your anxiety and fear and watch your food and alcohol intake. Watch a movie or a sitcom to relax. Listen to music and dance like no one is watching. Self care is essential for your health and wellbeing. Stay aware, so you can stay well and safe.

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Just keeping you informed!

Let’s Vote America!

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Today is November 1, 2020 and the anticipation of this years vote is high. This election season has caused anxiety, worry and suspense. Personally, I can not wait until its over. It has been frustrating to say the least. Many are exhausted by the tactics used to increase turmoil, division and hate that has occurred in the last few years.

My health and wellbeing can not take anymore and I want some calmness. A constant threat of readiness and anxiety is not healthy for anybody and can have an impact on your psyche. We must control our thoughts because they do become things. It can be challenging if you perceive the threat is close. My son stated he becomes anxious every time a policeman is behind him in traffic. This is real for him as it is for many Black males in this country.

Please Vote if you have not, and make your voice heard. If you have, sit back, relax and watch the fire works. We have two days until election and a few months to settle into the results. What ever happens stay well and stay safe. We will get through this, our health and wellness depend on it.

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Scoliosis

Scoliosis, or Spinal Deformity, refers to an abnormal curvature of the spine, resulting in a person’s spine appearing to have a “C” or “S” shape. Broadly, scoliosis/spinal deformity also include conditions such as kyphosis, which is a deformity of the spine in the sagittal (side view) plane.

Scoliosis can be progressive and range from mild to severe. Mild scoliosis may not be easily recognized, versus severe scoliosis which is noticeable and can result in chronic, debilitating pain.

Given the range of this condition, obtaining a clinical examination from an experience physician is essential to ensure the right treatment plan is developed for your individual condition and long-term goals.

It appears to be common in females, and occurs during puberty.  There is no cure but there is treatment. It can be managed by exercise, using a brace or having surgery depending on the severity.  Stretching, yoga and Pilates are recommended to increase flexibility.

References

Adult Scoliosis Surgery Program, Retrieved from                                     https://www.brighamandwomens.org/neurosurgery/adult-scoliosis

Best Exercises for Scoliosis, Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/scoliosis/exercises-at-home#types-of-scoliosisb

Emotional Intelligence

According to Goleman & Boyatzis (2017) Emotional intelligence, also known as the ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict. The four pillars of emotional intelligence include self awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management.

We need these skills to relate to others, especially in a work setting. Being self aware is the ability to recognize your emotions, and understand what they’re telling you. Emotional intelligence also involves your ability to recognize what others maybe feeling which is called empathy. This allows you to relate to others and manage your relationships as you listen.

Listening to your emotions is confirmation to your soul. We all have emotions to guide us through life. When many of us go against our emotions most of us feel unsettled. Self awareness and self management are essential features to assist with social awareness of self and others. Individuals that have poor emotional intelligence have ineffective social skills that impede relationships and lack sincerity.

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Are you inspired to change or improve your emotional intelligence? Take responsibility for your actions and your emotions. This can be achieved by being aware of any emotions that you maybe experiencing. How do you manage your relationships, and do you have the ability to show empathy for others? This is also a key component of emotional intelligence.

Sounds simple but this can be challenging if you are not motivated or aware of your surroundings and how you interact with others. I sure you have examples of someone lacking emotional intelligence and how exhausting it can be. Having these skills are essential to your health and well being. It also gives meaning to your relationships and makes you a better listener.

Just keeping you informed.

References

Goleman, D., & Boyatzis, R. (2017). Emotional intelligence has 12 elements. Which do you need to work on. Harvard Business Review, 84(2), 1-5.

Emotional Intelligence Developing Strong “People Skills” Retrieved from https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newCDV_59.htm

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